It’s about the people, stupid

It’s about the people, stupid
: In all the rhetorical, ideological, and political catfights occurring over Iraq and the U.S., what is most disturbing is that the fate of the Iraqi people is too often forgotten (especially, I’d say, by those who supposedly had their interests at heart — and you know who you are).

How ludicrous to be running anti-war rallies after the war is over. Day late, placard short.

What we should be doing now is falling over ourselves to be the ones who helped build the first successful democracy and well-rounded economy in the Middle East. Instead, everybody’s yelling so loud about their divorce they’re forgetting to feed the kids.

Tish Durkin finally captures this in the New York Observer:

Most of the people outside Iraq seem to be obsessed with giving the Bush administration what they think it deserves. Most of the people inside Iraq

  • Sam

    It occurs to me that perhaps the Iraqi people have an exaggerated idea of the size of the US military.

  • Paul

    I think the US should stay as long as they can, and spend a lot of money to rebuild the country. They should have done that in Afghanistan as well, but we seem to have forgotten their plight.
    That the rest of the world should pitch in with the rebuilding is optional. But I think it would be fair to assert that giving big contracts to US companies and getting other countries to pay for it isn’t in the best interest of those countries?
    Therefore, I understand the reluctance to support economically until there are some will from the US to actually take this into account.
    Of course, regardless of which country’s entrepeneurs get the deals, I’m certain we will see that most of the money will not stay in Iraq, as it seems to not have stayed in Afghanistan.
    Iraq can prove us who said it was a bad idea completly wrong. People expecting changes in a few months are utopists. Give the country a couple of years, at least. If you have a bad place before you bomb, don’t expect it to be a great place just a few months later.
    Though I’ve bashed some US policy (perhaps a lot), their opponents France and Germany (and others) have all their ulterior motives as well. Who had big contracts with Saddam? I think it is time to let off all the nay-saying and critique. Give them a chance to prove us wrong.
    And whatever the results, the American people seems to see the cost of war, and perhaps that will be the most lasting legacy of this.
    Tish is right, it isn’t time to say “I told you so”, let the US do their work.
    Ah, and I remember, despite everyone who said “it’s all for the oil”, well, the US administration are insistent on trying to make as little as possible of the aid loans (as opposed to those who opposed the war, though that makes sense), there are _no_ indications that oil is their primary motivator. A stable, democratic Iraq will be good for the US (and other oil importing countries) and the world, though there are a lot of oil fields around the world who can not produce oil when below USD 20 a barrel, among them quite a few American oil fileds.
    That, however, is another story. The oil is in the earth, one could just leave it there until it gets obsolete or fetches the gold prices one wants.

  • Another annoying thing unmentioned is the body count of Iraqis murdered by the terrorists.
    Local elections are happening in some cities — THOSE cities should have the option of immediately getting municipal loans.